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1904 Allegheny Card Co. Mike Donlin SGC NM+ 86
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,560
Graded NM+ 86 by SGC (submitted by REA). Extremely rare sample card from the legendary Allegheny Card Company set of 1904, featuring Cincinnati Reds left fielder "Turkey Mike" Donlin. To date, the only known Allegheny Card Co. complete set ever to surface is the one sold in the auction of the famous Copeland Collection at Sotheby's in 1991. (Copeland purchased that set, then housed in its original box, from REA in 1990.) The set was eventually broken up and dispersed to the four corners of the collecting world. There has yet to be a single additional card from this series to ever surface. This extraordinary example of Mike Donlin, of course, originates from the Copeland set, and as is the case with all Allegheny cards, may very well be unique. The set is of special interest to collectors, not just because of its extreme rarity, but also because it is one of the very few sets of baseball cards produced during the first few years of the century. The Allegheny card set offers a unique blend of players from the pre-1900 and post-1900 eras, including many players who appear in few (if any) other sets. Donlin was a true star and also one of the most interesting off-the-field characters of the game in his day. A superb hitter, he batted over .300 ten times in twelve Major League seasons, and finished with a .333 lifetime batting average. He hit .356 and scored a league-high 124 runs in 1905. Though not a Hall of Famer, "Turkey Mike" Donlin was one of best known and most legendary players of the dead-ball era. Spectacular example in all respects. Bright and crisp, both front and back, with a flawless image, bold printing, and outstanding centering. This is an exceptional and literally one-of-a-kind Allegheny Card Company sample of legendary star Mike Donlin. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,560
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